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Police to take legal opinion on Red Fort verdict
September 13, 2007 19:38 IST
Last Updated: September 13, 2007 19:39 IST
The Delhi police on Thursday said it will seek legal opinion before deciding on the future course of action on the Delhi high court's verdict acquitting six persons in connection with the attack on the Red Fort [Images] in 2000.
"We will examine the order in detail. We will be seeking the best available legal opinion in the matter to take the best course of action," Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.
While the high court upheld the death penalty awarded to Pakistani militant Mohammed Ashfaq, it acquitted six others, saying that there were not sufficient evidence against them.
All the seven convicts had approached the high court, seeking reversal of the trial court verdict in July 2006.
The police had, however, sought enhancement of punishment awarded to the six convicts.
The court also dismissed two appeals of police seeking death penalty for father-and-son duo Nazir Ahmed Qasid and Farooq Ahmed Qasid, who were earlier sentenced to life imprisonment for hatching conspiracy with Ashfaq to wage war against the state.
Three persons, including two soldiers, were killed when six Lashker-e-Taiba militants opened indiscriminate firing inside the 17th century Mughal monument on the night of
December 22, 2000.